Scholarships for High School Students in Michigan

Looking for some free money to help pay for your child's college education? Here's a list of great scholarships for high school students in Michigan.

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Is your child in their senior year of high school? If so, the reality of college tuition might be inching closer and closer to your wallet. So, how can you keep the price of higher education from eating you and your child alive and minimize their student loan debt?

With some of these scholarships for high school students of course! But how do you find additional scholarships in Michigan outside of filing the FAFSA?

Well, we’ve done some digging to find great college scholarships for high school students in Michigan that you may have overlooked in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties – and beyond.

Scholarships are always available if you know where to dig!

Students can find even more opportunities online through websites like Fastweb, including these scholarships for your average student – or even scholarships with unusual or unique requirements.

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Do you know of any other great scholarship opportunities for Michigan students? Let us know in the comments.

Arab American Women’s Business Council Scholarship

Requirements: Must be a woman of Arab descent who is attending school in Michigan.
Amount: $1000
Deadline: TBD for 2020. Stay tuned for details.

Christensen Law Distracted Driving Scholarship

Requirements: Students must be living in the United States and planning to pursue a post-secondary education at an accredited college or university. Proof of enrollment or an admissions letter is required. Students must write a 2000-word essay about how distracted driving impacted his or her life.
Amount: $1000
Deadline: TBD for 2020. Stay tuned for details.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Scholarship Programs

Requirements: Foundation manages more than 20 scholarship funds with varying requirements. Students fill out a single application and are matched to scholarships. Transcripts and at least two recommendation letters required.
Amount: $250-$7,500
Deadline: March 15, 2020

Dallas-Plangetis Scholarship

Requirements: The Diabetes Scholars Foundation recognizes one incoming freshmen from Washtenaw County with type 1 diabetes.
Amount: $1000
Deadline: TBD for 2020. Stay tuned for details.

Detroit Promise Scholarship

Requirements: This scholarship is open to students from Detroit who are attending one of 18 partnering Michigan Universities and offers continuous funding to those that maintain a 2.5 GPA, remain a full-time student and stay on track to complete a four-year degrees.
Amount: Varies
Deadline: June 30, 2020

Duck Brand Duct Tape “Stuck at Prom” Scholarship Program

Requirements: Participants much attend a high school prom wearing attire completely made out of Duck brand Duct Tape. Submit photos of yourself in the attire and fill out the entry form. Must be at least 14 years old to participate.
Amount: $100-$10,000
Deadline: June 8, 2020

Ford Blue Oval Scholarship

Requirements: Must attend one of 10 southeast Michigan high schools (find a full list online).
Amount: Ten $250 scholarships and eight $1,000 scholarships awarded
Deadline: TBD for 2020. Stay tuned for details.

Julia Catherine Niswender Endowed TWIN Scholarship

Requirements: Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA and should submit a one to two page essay about what it means to be a twin, along with a photo of you and your twin. Be sure to include information on academic history, honors, employment experience and volunteer activities. Student must be studying at Eastern Michigan University.
Amount: $500
Deadline: April 1, 2020

Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

Requirements: Must identify as female and be “admitted to accredited baccalaureate or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.” Student must provide an official transcript and write an essay.
Amount: Unspecified; could range $1,000-$15,000
Deadline: May 1, 2020 (college freshmen application)

State of Michigan Scholarships and Grants

Requirements: The state of Michigan offers about 10 scholarships or grants to high school students pursuing a secondary education. All have different requirements and stipulations. Visit the website for more details.
Amount: Some vary based on need, others range anywhere from $250 a semester per academic year to a grand total of $11,200.
Deadline: Vary

Union Plus Scholarship

Requirements: Students who apply for this scholarship must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit an essay. They are “evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.” Only current or retired members of participating unions, their spouses and dependent children are eligible. Find a full list of eligibility requirements online.
Amount: $500-$4,000
Deadline: Noon Jan. 31, 2020

Wayne State University Private Scholarships

Requirements: Nearly 100 private scholarships are available to incoming or current Wayne State University students. Some scholarships are need-based, which means students need to have their FAFSA forms complete as well. Fill out the scholarship application online.
Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 1, 2020

William G. Coyne Memorial Scholarship

Requirements: Students must have completed at least 30-plus hours of community service during their junior or senior year of high school and they must be graduating in 2020. Student should also be a member of a family that has belonged to Credit Union ONE of Michigan for at least six months, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, plan to enroll full-time in a post-secondary institution in the fall of 2020. They’ll need to write an essay, obtain two letters of recommendation, and submit their transcript with grading scale. Employees of Credit Union ONE of Michigan and their immediate families are ineligible.
Amount: $1,000-$2,000
Deadline: April 1, 2020

Young & Free Michigan from Michigan First Credit Union

Requirements: Choose the category that applies to you and complete the application, which must include a video or essay answering the question, “What is something more people need to know about? Tell us what it is and why.” Applicants must be a “good standing” member with Michigan First Credit Union, have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and plans to pursue a two- or four-year university, community college, vocational or technical school in fall 2020. High school seniors and current college students are eligible. Plus, find additional tips on applying for scholarships. More details online.
Amount: $1,000-$5,000
Deadline: TBD for 2020. Stay tuned for details.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.

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